male with lower back painIf you notice pain in your lower back area when you stand up, you could have an inflamed sacroiliac joint (SI joint). Piedmont Interventional Pain Care offers treatment options for this common ailment.

The SI joint connects the spine and the pelvis. People have two SI joints in the lower back on either side of the spine. The SI joints carry the weight of the upper body when you stand or walk, shifting the load to your legs.

The SI joint can become inflamed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • An injury from playing sports
  • Falling down
  • An activity that gives the area regular pounding, such as jogging
  • Arthritis
  • Age (the cartilage covering the SI joint wears away as you grow older)
  • Pregnancy (hormones cause joints to loosen up, leading to changes in the way they move)

When the SI joint becomes inflamed, you may experience dull or sharp pain at the joint site that can move to the buttocks, thigh, groin or upper back. Sometimes the pain is worse in the morning and improves throughout the day.

A variety of treatment options can successfully relieve inflammation in the SI joint, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Joint injections (cortisone or nerve numbing)
  • Nerve treatment

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wilson or our PA Kris Watson to discuss a diagnosis and treatment recommendations.